Last Saturday afternoon, a 10-year old girl pried open an alligator’s mouth in Orlando, Florida to free herself from the animal that had clamped down onto her leg. She was apparently swimming in designated swimming areas of Lake Mary Jane where the water was only two-feet deep, and the 9-foot alligator snapped down onto her knee before she could react.
More caution tape going up at Moss Park. A gator bit a 10 yr old girl who was swimming. Lake now closed til further notice. pic.twitter.com/PPKMdyHRGt
— Julie Salomone (@JSalomoneWFTV) May 7, 2017
She ended up receiving several puncture wounds from the alligator in the back of her knee as well as her lower thigh, but was aided by a lifeguard and her parents who got her to a hospital where she was eventually released later that day.
But, this is not the only story of a child performing miraculous feats in an effort to save themselves or someone else. Back in May 2013, a group of students in South Florida jumped from their packed prom limo to aid several individuals who were trapped in a crumpled van overturned on its side off Interstate 595. One of the teenagers is credited with ripping the crushed metal door open in order to pull people free from the back of the van.
In May of that same year in California, a group of four high school baseball team members physically lifted a four-door sedan off a girl who was pinned underneath the vehicle.
These acts of survival, whether to save their lives or the life of another, show us that the instinct to survive knows no age limits. The idea of preserving a species does not simply dictate what you will do to survive, but what you will do to help others survive as well. The little girl who saved herself from the vice-grip of an alligator’s jaw tapped into her basic evolutionary survival instinct. Teaching her how to pry her knee from the grip of an alligator is probably not a topic that crossed her parent’s mind when raising her through her formative years.
And yet, somehow, she knew what to do.
At any rate, the young girl who was attacked by the alligator, as well as the rest of the victims mentioned in the stories above, have made or are expected to make full recoveries.
Watch the video below to learn more about these incredible children who cannot only save their own lives, but the lives of those around them.
Featured image courtesy of Naples Daily News.